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World’s Top Restaurants Recognized In TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

TripAdvisor®, has announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for the best fine dining restaurants around the world.

This year’s awards recognize nearly 400 fine dining restaurants, including the Top 25 in the World, plus dedicated lists for Asia, Europe, India, Canada, Mexico, Australia, South America, South Pacific, the U.K. and the US. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world, gathered over a 12-month period.

Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Restaurants in the World

  1. The Black Swan at Oldstead – Oldstead, England
  2. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – Great Milton, England
  3. Maison Lameloise – Chagny, France
  4. L’Auberge de l’Ill – Illhaeusern, France
  5. Martin Berasategui – Lasarte, Spain
  6. DanielNew York City, New York
  7. La Colombe – Constantia, South Africa
  8. David’s KitchenChiang Mai, Thailand
  9. Maido – Lima, Peru
  10. El Celler de Can Roca – Girona, Spain


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New Michelin Guide to Washington, D.C. Restaurants

Michelin will this week release the newest edition of the MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C., for 2018, and they are adding two more star selections to the nation’s capital.

Michelin inspectors, who have been dining anonymously around Washington, D.C., for the last two years, have recognized Komi and Metier for the first time.

Komi, led by local chef Johnny Monis, earns its first star for a Mediterranean tasting menu that offers diners a variety of small bites, house-made pasta, and roasted meat, often goat.

Métier, owned by chef Eric Ziebold and partner Célia Laurent, features menu items that have been locally sourced and décor items from the owners’ personal collections.

Additionally, the 2018 MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C., recognizes more than 70 restaurants with the Plate symbol, a designation given to restaurants that inspectors recognize as having potential and are recommended to travelers and locals for quality food.

More than 33 styles of cuisines appear in the Guide. Diners can find recommendations for establishments with notable wine, beer, sake and cocktail lists, as well as menus on which average prices are $25 and under.

The 2018 selection includes:

  • Three restaurants with two stars
  • 11 restaurants with one star
  • 22 restaurants with a Bib Gourmand


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One Star House: Pop-Up Restaurant Travelling to 20 Countries in 20 months

One Star House Party is a new and unprecedented pop-up restaurant concept: a restaurant spending 20 months travelling to 20 different countries and “building 20 very different restaurants out of what they discover along the way.”

The adventure is half way through the journey and the restaurant has, amongst other places, already travelled to New York, Vietnam, Kenya and even Everest Base Camp.

One Star House Party is currently in London for a month to showcase what they’ve learned on their journey so far. When they leave on November 3rd, they’ll have eight stops to go, including Buenos Aires, Vancouver, Hobart, and Tokyo.

You can make reservations on the One Star House Party website.

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Patagonian Mountain Yeast Strain Leads to New Beer!

H41 is a new, limited edition lager created by Heineken®, made from a rare wild yeast discovered in Patagonia in 2010. This yeast is the “mother yeast” of all the lager yeasts, including the Heineken® A-yeast. It was discovered by Dr Diego Libkind at the coordinates 41° South and 71° West in Patagonia, hence the name H41.

Heineken says about it: “H41 is not only a new beer, but also the beginning of a new journey into a totally new beer style; wild lager. Changing the yeast opened up a new world of possibilities, creating a spectrum of different tastes. Taming such a wild yeast was not simple at all. It took over two years and a team of 50 people.”

So the next time you are trekking high up in the Andes, keep an eye open in case you can be the next  beer finder!


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